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The more severe storms bring the threat of tornadoes, although Florida tornadoes very rarely reach the size of those elsewhere in the United States.Even hail is not out of the question; one storm in March 1996 caused a one-foot accumulation of hail in areas of Bartow.On average, a tropical system brings hurricane-force winds to the Polk County area less than once every ten years, although the 2004 hurricane season in which three hurricanes hit within 44 days was a case study in the law of averages.While Florida's vulnerability to hurricanes is well known, hurricanes are not the most common severe weather threat seen in the Polk County area.The unique search engine will locate names, and keywords to help you locate newspaper articles about any subject or person, including YOUR ancestors and obituaries. These obituary search tools will help you locate old and new obituaries online.If you can't locate an obituary online, try contacting a library in the area you are searching.Snow is a rare phenomenon in the area, perhaps a few times every century.Of those who identified themselves with one race, the population was 67.6% White, 23.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian (0.6% Indian, 0.1% Filipino), 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 4.7% from other races; 2.03% were from two or more races.
Most soils in the Bartow area are sandy; other soils have sandy surface layers and clay subsoils, and the eastern outskirts of town have a clay-rich floodplain through which the Peace River flows.
) is the county seat of Polk County, Florida, United States.
Founded in 1851 as Fort Blount, the city was renamed in honor of Francis S. Census Bureau 2000 Census, the city had a population of 15,340 and an estimated population of 16,959 in 2009. Route 98 and State Road 60, which provide access to locations throughout Central Florida.
Drainage outside of the floodplain ranges from good to excessive for the most part except for a poorly drained band which cuts across the northern part of town.
Much of Bartow is built on the Fort Meade soil series, which is well drained, high in organic matter, and rich in phosphorus, an uncommon combination in Florida, much appreciated by area gardeners.
Government, mining, and agriculture are the major sectors of the area's economy. Other historic landmarks include the Old Polk County Courthouse built in 1909 and Bartow High School, formerly Summerlin Institute, the oldest high school in the county.